Today was the first day of a two-day creative conference held at my office.
Second City Works held an improv workshop. I tried out my coworker’s virtual reality headset. I drank way too much coffee.
That's Kate James and Shad Kunkel from Second City Works in the photo above. They led our group through a few improv exercises. I found their message relevant not only for the workplace relationships, but for my own writing. Here are some of the quotes I jotted down:
- "It's impossible to create and edit at the same time."
- "Play the scene you're in, not the scene you wish you were in."
- "Bring a brick, not a cathedral."
It’s a mixed blessing to attend an event at your own office. It’s convenient and comfortable, but there isn’t the anonymity of, say, a marketing conference in Minneapolis. There’s no escaping to a hotel room for room service and bad TV.
I do get to come home each night to my family and my own bed. The four-year-old was mad at me when I returned. He wanted all of my attention, and he wanted me to go away. He hugged me and yanked my hair.
Maybe I should’ve opted for a hotel room. Maybe an extended absence would have made it worse. Some nights I can’t seem to win.